There’s an abandoned ghost village in Indonesia and yes, it’s spooky.
In 2010, Mount Sinabung, a 400-year dormant volcano in North Sumatra suddenly began to erupt. By 2014, it had its deadliest eruption, killing 16 residents. The Indonesian government then banned anyone from living within a 4.3-mile radius of Mount Sinabung.
The volcano remains active even today. But at the time, there were numerous villages on its slope, causing 30,000 people to flee their homes. Today the Guru Kinayan, Simacem, Kuta Gugung and Sibintun villages are still completely empty.
Newsflare footage shows the volcano, beautiful from afar but dangerous up close. A drone captures an aerial view of the lost homes still coated in dusty, white ash. Nature runs amuck as green vegetation reclaims the untouched land. It’s stunning.
When Associated Press photographer Binsar Bakkara visited the ghost villages in 2015, he couldn’t help but comment on the ominous vibe.
“[The remains serve as] eerie reminders of how life suddenly stopped when the volcano erupted and everyone was forced to evacuate their homes,” Bakkara said.
Mount Sinabung has erupted multiple times since 2014. In 2016, an eruption killed seven people again. Then in May 2019, a column of ash and smoke erupted some 6,500 feet into the air. Indonesia is home to about 130 active volcanoes. Located on the Ring of Fire, a belt of tectonic plates that circle the Pacific Ocean, there’s frequent seismic activity.
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